District Overview

Positive relationships exist among educational partner groups, and the district makes a concerted effort to involve partner groups in discussions about student achievement. This attitude is exemplified in our mission statement, “Working together for student success.”

Regional Diversity

The communities of our district are situated along the shores of Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake in the beautiful South Okanagan Valley. This agricultural and tourism area has a wonderful year-round climate that enables people to enjoy a variety of outdoor recreation activities. Penticton also has a vibrant and active arts community hosting many activities and festivals.

The district is centered around the cities of Penticton and Summerland.

Specialty Programs

Our schools offer a comprehensive program including the humanities, mathematics, arts, sciences, fine arts, technology, languages, French immersion, Advanced Placement, physical education and English as a Second Language.  The district has a proud history of excellence in athletics, fine and performing arts and academic pursuits such as debating and physics Olympics. Our international student program welcomes students from around the world.

Community Culture

The Okanagan is a great place to live and to learn!  This is a popular tourist destination for visitors from around the world who are attracted to the world-class ski resort at Apex Mountain and the exceptional summer resorts and beaches on Okanagan and Skaha lakes.

Draw for Employees

Our district employs 800 teachers, support staff and administrators. All community partners are involved in our school and district planning and goal setting. The Okanagan Skaha Teachers’ Union has a strong District Professional Development Committee that coordinates professional development days (including two district days each August that contribute towards a two-week spring break for teachers each March).

Salary and Benefits

Teachers typically receive a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • medical, dental, and extended health plans;
  • group life insurance benefits;
  • teachers’ pension;
  • extended health benefits for dependents of deceased employees;
  • accidental disability insurance;
  • salary indemnity plan benefit;
  • supplemental employment benefits on maternity leave;
  • employee and family assistance programs.

Allowances

Teachers in positions with special responsibilities, e.g. department heads, teacher consultants, teacher coordinators, counsellors, psychologists, alternate school teachers, speech pathologists, may receive a financial allowance of $2,000-$4,000 annually.

Teachers working in remote and rural schools may also receive a recruitment allowance, and an annual retention allowance. Learn more about teacher salaries with the Salary Finder tool.

For specific details about Okanagan Skaha’s compensation, salary, and benefits, please refer to their collective agreement.

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Improving the Achievement of all Learners